Independence Day is celebrated on 15th August every year to commemorate the freedom we attained in the year 1947 from British colonisation. This year, it marks the 70th year of independence, so it gives us an even bigger reason to celebrate. How about revisiting some of the iconic eateries from pre-independent India that have stood the test of time? There’s no better place than Old Delhi to get a glimpse of the bygone era. Purani Dilli boasts of many such food joints that have witnessed an India before independence. The narrow and crowded gullies of Old Delhi speak of the olden times if you care enough to listen. Similarly, when British architect Edwin Lutyens started design and construction of the capital in early 20th century, Delhi or ‘New Delhi’got a thousand more tales to tell. Let us take you through some of the oldest yet iconic food places in Delhi –
- United Coffee House, Connaught Place
A name that has been synonymous to Delhi’s Connaught Place, United Coffee House still remains special in the hearts of food lovers in the city. Founder, late Lala Hans Raj Kalra opened the doors of UCH in the year 1942 in the heart of the capital inviting the people to fine dining. It boasts of being among the first few restaurants that offered fine dining in Delhi. The current owner of the place, Aakash Kalra, proudly shares, “UCH is completing 75 years in August.” From classic European preparations, Mediterranean and Indian food to Oriental and Modern Asian, there are many delicacies for customers to try.
- Sitaram Diwan Chand, Paharganj
Sitaram Diwan Chand has been the most favourite joint for Delhiites for more than 70 years. Selling nothing else but Chhole Bhature, Sitaram Diwan Chand has always focused on quality. A small place tucked away in Paharganj, it was founded by late Sitaram Kohri in the year 1945 when the price of a plate costed two paisa. Today they also offer lassi to let the customers cool down after a plate of masaledar Chhole Bhature.